$1,000 Fine For Commercial Fishing Violation

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MNR NEWS – Lake Erie commercial fisherman pleaded guilty

Jack Queen has been fined $1,000 for violating the terms and conditions of his commercial fishing licence and allowing fish to spoil.

John S. Anderson of Wheatley, captain of the commercial fishing vessel, Jacks Queen, failed to declare his entire catch of walleye on his daily catch report and was fined $500.  He was also fined $500 for allowing fish to spoil

The court heard that on August 18, 2010, conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit were conducting a commercial fisheries marine patrol in the Chatham-Kent waters of Lake Erie. The officers observed the commercial fishing vessel Jacks Queen fishing approximately 10 kilometres south of Wheatley.  Following the fishing vessel, the officers collected from the water four spoiled walleye that were discarded by Anderson.  Further investigation revealed the fish had spoiled because the gill nets were left in the water too long.

Judge Donald Ebbs heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on March 25, 2011.

To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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